The perfect team — We take pride in having a variety of coaches with expertise in different fields of development


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Hugo Guzman, Technical Director 

Founder and Director of EPD, coach Hugo Guzman has stablished himself as one of the top coaches in the NYC area. He is currently the Assistant Technical Director at Metropolitan Oval Academy (USSF Development Academy Club). Before taking the position at Met Oval coach Hugo worked with the NY Red Bulls and helped develop players in the RDS Program. In addition he has worked and learned from the best professional academies in the world including: AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF & Atletico Madrid, among many others.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE  

  • Brooklyn Knights, PDL
  • Region I & ODP Eastern NY
  • Queens College & SUNY Rockland
  • 2 time NCAA 1st team All-American                                                    

CERTIFICATION

  • USSF D, C & B License
  • NSCAA Advance National 

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Christian Galvan, Coach

Another young and talented coach that forms part of the EPD coaching staff. Coach Christian has worked in youth development area for the past 8 years and has vast experience in youth development having worked with top players in NYC. He currently coaches at Metropolitan Oval Academy - Pre Academy ages. He is a former coach with the NY Red Bulls, Youth Development Programs. In addition he has worked and learned from the best youth academies of the world such as: AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • American Millennium Academy
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • CUNY Queens College                                                                                 

CERTIFICATION                                                                                                                                          

  • USSF C License
  • NSCAA National Diploma 

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Jose Claros, Strength & Conditioning Coach

With over 15 years of experience in the Physical Development of soccer players, coach Jose Claros brings a great value to EPD and all the programs. Coach Jose's approach and methodology have been proven as he has produced and worked with many professional players. His expertise are used by many clubs in the NYC area and we are very happy to announce that coach Jose Claros has designed a specific program for EPD, the COMBAT Training Program with the sole purpose of producing better educated and equipped soccer players. 

CERTIFICATION

  • AFPA Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification
  • AFPA Personal Trainer Certification
  • IYCA Certified Speed, Agility & Quickness Instructor
  • FA Fitness Level I                                                                               

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Steven Diaz, Goalkeeper Coach

We have the privilege to have coach Steven Dias in the EPD coaching staff, he enter the youth development in 2012 and has already built a strong reputation in the NYC area as one of the top Goalkeeper coaches. He continues to play professionally for the NY Cosmos and learns on a daily basis from the top professional coaches. He continues to work with top level clubs and players from all ranges and levels. 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • Currently playing with NYC Cosmos
  • Training Squad, NY Red Bulls
  • Brooklyn Knights, PDL 

CERTIFICATION

  • USSF D License
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I, II, & III Diploma


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Frankie Gonzales, Freestyle Coach

Born and raised in the soccer street of Corona - Queens NY, Frankie grew up with a ball literally attached to his foot. Whether hanging with friends in a park, walking to school, or alone in his room, Frankie and the ball were inseparable. The daily battle in the streets earned Frankie a reputation as a tremendously skillful player and the nickname Mr. Akka, due to his masterful rendition of a double-touch move that mesmerizes opponents and leaves spectators speechless. His penchant for wicked pandas, or nutmegs, made him a minor street legend and even impressed the street king Edward Van Gils on his 2009 US tour, who commented that he was unaware that street talent like this existed in the US. His prowess on the pitch and the street helped him to be regarded as one of the top ballers in New York city, and eventually it led to a move back to his family’s birthplace in Mexico, where he signed a youth contract with a professional club. His professional dreams were cut short as he realized that his true destiny was in New York, and he came back home to bring joy and passion to the budding street soccer scene. Before long Frankie “Flo” Gonzalez became one of the most sought-after and in-demand freestyle soccer players in North America, which lead to appearances at half-time shows across the country as well as commercials, video games, competitions, film festivals and mega soccer events. Frankie is not only an international freestyler and street baller, he is a youth educator, flo specialist and outside the thinker activist. What his next move is no one knows, but rumors are circulating that a lifestyle clothing brand is in the works. No matter what he does, the street element will always be in his flo.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Professional Freestyler (Red Bulls street team, AC Milan freestyle team)
  • Mexican professional league
  • Performed at the 2014 Brazil World Cup final half time show